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    Queer Fashion Week 2016

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    The second annual Queer Fashion Week (QFW) is now underway in Oakland at the historic spot called Venue (420 14th Avenue). The glamorous event, which runs through October 2, brings together the best names in queer fashion.

    QFW came to life in April 2015 via the collaboration of Miz Chris of fiveTEN Oakland Events and Fallon Davis of the This is Butch Movement. Their goal was to present the fashion, glam, modeling, and political standpoints of the queer community. Given the success of that first event, they are back for more!

    With over 32 designers, 150 models, and 75+ production staff, QFW celebrates fashion and diversity representing a vibrant Bay Area LGBTQ community. Miz Chris recognizes that “Oakland is a very fashion forward town, where walking down the streets is like walking down its own runway filled with an amazing array of personal style.”

    At the event this year, you will see designers who have been in the business for years, as well as some that are just starting out. You will see models who have walked the New York runways during fashion week, and models for whom this will be their first time strutting the catwalk. You will hear from experts in the field, be able to attend workshops, grab some unique items in the vendor village, be amazed by the hair and makeup creations, and enjoy a diverse atmosphere of positive and like-minded individuals.

    The idea remains to make a space where seasoned and new designers, models, stylists, entertainers, artists, brands, and community organizations can showcase together, network with each other and share with each of you their creativity. You will see and learn fashion, and you will be able to take a piece of it all with you by visiting the Vendor Village, now with over 30 confirmed vendors.

    QFW & Conference is the Bay Area’s premier queer fashion event, celebrating diversity and the expression of individuality. As queer individuals and creative human beings, it is time for us to shine in all our queer diversity. The 2016 designer lineup includes Dapper Boi, Rebirth Garments, Tom Boy X, Size Queen Clothing and much more.

    In addition to the three runway shows, the conference offers over 15 sessions through Friday including Modeling 101 presented by Fallon Davis, a graduate of LIM College, a private, specialized undergraduate and graduate college focused on the business of fashion in Midtown Manhattan. To maximize your queer fashion experience at QFW, purchase the VIP Unicorn Pass, the All Access to All Things pass that includes everyday conference and fashion show entrance, priority entrance and guaranteed seating to all fashion shows and entrance for all evening parties.

    For more information: http://www.queerfashionweek.com/